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Three Cartesian Feminist Treatises
Author: Francois Poulain De La Barre

ISBN: 9780226676548
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 17 December 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 15.3 x 2.0
Description:
One of the most radical feminist theorists in Europe before the nineteenth century, François Poullain de la Barre (1647-1723) was a man way ahead of his time. Applying Cartesian principles to "the Woman Question," Poullain demonstrated by rational deduction that the supposedly "self-evident" inequality of the sexes was nothing more than unfounded prejudice.

Poullain published three books (anonymously) on this topic in the 1670s, all of which are included in English translation in this volume. InOn the Equality of the Two Sexes he argued that the supposedly "natural" inferiority of women was culturally produced. To help women recognize and combat this prejudice, Poullain advocated a modern, enlightened feminine education inOn the Education of Ladies. Finally, since his contemporaries largely ignored Poullain's writings, he offered a rebuttal to his own arguments inOn the Excellence of Men-a rebuttal that he promptly countered, strengthening his original positions.

A truly modern feminist, Poullain laid the intellec...

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